The United States Embassy in Abuja is announcing funding for the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

Current Closing Date for Applications: March 31, 2023


The U.S. Embassy Abuja is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.

Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants: The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and Nigeria through cultural, information and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.

All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Examples of PDS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:

·        Academic and professional lectures, seminars

·        Exchanges and speaker programs

·        Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions, media events

·        Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs

·        Training and empowerment programs

·        Leadership, youth, and sports programs

·        Initiatives that support democratic values such as freedom of the press

·        Programs that advance peace, security, and national unity

Priority Program Areas:

PDS will prioritize grant program proposals that:

·        Promote democracy, good governance, and human rights through.

o  Civic engagement at the state and local levels

o  Youth activism

o  Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of marginalized groups

·        Strengthen human capital to promote inclusive economic growth and development through programs focused on.

o  Women Empowerment

o  Digital skills and green entrepreneurship

o  Mentorship and skills building to increase employability and professional literacy

o  Climate change: community service and public awareness campaigns

o  Leadership and peacebuilding through sports

o  Improve and expand English language learning through curriculum development and teacher training

·        Promote the preservation, restoration, and protection of Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage sites, objects, and traditions through:

o  Training and capacity-building for local professionals

o  Educational and cultural exchange for curators and art conservators

o  Campaigns to improve public awareness

·        Highlight priority themes in relation to key dates on the U.S. Mission programming calendar, including:

o  July 18: Nelson Mandela Day

o  July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Person

o  Aug 12: International Youth Day

o  Sept 15: International Day of Democracy

o  Oct 27: International Religious Freedom Day

o  Nov 21: Global Entrepreneurship week

o  Nov 27: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

o  Dec 3: International Day for Persons Living with Disabilities

o  Dec 10: International Human Rights Day

o  Jan 15: Martin Luther King Day

o  Feb: Black History Month

o  March: Women’s History Month

o  April 22: Earth Day

o  May 3: World Press Freedom Day

o  June 5: World Environment Day

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Individuals
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

The Public Affairs Section accepts applications from U.S. and Nigerian:

Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience Individuals Non-profit or governmental educational institutions Governmental institutions

The United States Embassy in Abuja is announcing funding for the Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.